Wednesday 5th February 2014
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company
Palais des congrès,- Auditorium Charles Trénet
Inspired by Alexandre Dumas adaptation of a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann, and turned into a ballet in 1892 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, The Nutcracker became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and possiblys the most popular ballet in the world.
The story is that of a young German girl who receives a nutcracker for Christmas and dreams of a battle between the nutcracker and a Mouse King and his army. With Clara’s help, the nutcracker wins and turns into a prince, taking Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes and on to the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances
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